Ever wanted to join in on the slang used in England? Read on to cash in on your London street cred with 100 UK phrases I’ve heard used in the past 100 days of living here.
Woe is me, as I’ve been taking a massive break from the social scene to tap into the real world and clock in some hours at my 9 to 5. All is well, and I’m still wandering, though I’ll admit it’s more to Nando’s than to the London Heathrow Airport.
I cannot believe I’ve had a UK postcode for now ONE HUNDRED DAYS! In my time being here, I’ve learned quite a bit like getting in the car on the left hand side as a passenger, counting out coins properly at the supermarket, and playing human tetris on the tube every morning and evening to and from work.
^This IS a real photo…
BUT – what has kept me daily jaw dropping is the use of words here. I don’t think I’ve noticed how many words there are other than cool and awesome (yes, my fellow Americans that is a nod to our language use).
Seriously though, the amount of times my neck has gotten whiplash when conversing to ask “WHAT did you just say?!”, astounds me.
I began a note on my phone that initially began as a way to ask my boyfriend to explain certain phrases I’d heard, and then that list grew so large that it quickly became a competition against the clock to hear 100 UK phrases in 100 days to share with everyone across the pond!
These were past the 100 mark, but absolutely worth being included so here’s a sneak peak to the mega list! Ah and cockney is a whole ‘nother language to figure out…
And ain’t that a fact!
Every bit that I’ve loved hearing in these phrases, has been equally returned by my American colloquialisms I’ve used, now if only I had written those down!
I’m sure there’s more to come, but in the meantime I hope you’ve enjoyed this cheat sheet of 100 UK Phrases – let me know what your favorites are, or if there’s one (or a million!) I’ve missed.
For new news, there are a few trips in the near future planned (YAY!) so hopefully your feed will once again be lit up with even more travels than you already see from all the other wanderers in this wonderful world!
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Holla back to the last few days of my life, which I spent walking thousands…26 October, 2017